First, consistency. Constructing a skeleton allows you to keep your characters the same shape no matter what angle you draw them from, which makes them instantly more recognisable. Next, the shape itself. Just as a human skeleton defines the shape of your body, so the construction lines give you the shape of your character. Finally, there's neatness. You will find that your drawing becomes much more bold and confident when you have a structure underneath to draw it on.
Notice that I haven't once mentioned an artistic style here. These general rules apply to all art to a greater or lesser degree, from animé to portrait painting.
Now, I'd like to leave this thread open to others who have more artistic experience than me and are able to explain these concepts in more detail. If you have any comments, please don't hesitate to post them.
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